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UNI looks to re-assert itself after missing playoffs in ’17

Sports

August 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

After years of high expectations in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and nationally, Northern Iowa’s reputation as an FCS power seems to have diminished heading into 2017. The Panthers fell to 5-6 last year despite opening the season with a win at Iowa State. They were picked fourth in the Valley’s preseason poll, without a single vote for first.

Northern Iowa figures to have another tough schedule in 2017, starting when it opens its season Sept. 2 against the Cyclones. Coach Mark Farley said Wednesday, “This team will find its course. We have a lot of youth, speed and depth.”

In some ways, last season’s subpar record wasn’t so bad. The Panthers lost to subdivision powers Montana and Eastern Washington and narrowly fell to North Dakota State and Youngstown State.

Annual roadside pheasant count underway in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

August 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An annual survey of the state’s pheasant population was launched Tuesday and will continue through the middle of this month. Todd Bogenschutz coordinates the survey for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He suggests this could end up being the highest statewide pheasant count since 2006. “If we see a 40-percent increase like we did in 2015, I think that would be true,” Bogenschutz said. “That’s kind of what we’re hoping for I guess, but we’ll have to see.”

In 2015, the statewide pheasant count increased by 40-percent following a mild winter. Much of the state had very little snowfall this past winter, which likely resulted in good hen survival. “We brought more hens into the spring and more hens putting eggs down always gives you good potential,” Bogenschutz said.    

Iowa’s statewide snowfall average for this past winter was 20.4 inches, but most of the snow fell over northwest and north-central Iowa. Sections of central and southern Iowa received snowfall totals that were up to a foot BELOW normal. Bogenschutz says the pheasant HUNTER numbers in Iowa have increased as the BIRD numbers have improved. “If you go back to 2007, before our numbers crashed with that five years of bad weather we had, we were at about 100,000 hunters. We plummeted down to around 40,000 by 2011,” Bogenschutz said.

The number of pheasant hunters in Iowa last year climbed to roughly 60,000. The roadside pheasant population survey runs for 15 days. Data is collected from 208 30-mile survey routes around the state. In addition to pheasants, the survey also collects information on cottontail rabbits, jack rabbits, quail and Hungarian partridge. Results of the survey will be released in early-to-mid September.

(Radio Iowa)

IHSBCA All-Star Series this weekend

Sports

August 2nd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association is hosting their All-Star Series this weekend August 3rd-6th. Games will be played at Waukee, Johnston, and Ankeny with players staying in West Des Moines. The teams will play a round robin of games through Saturday, with a consolation and championship game played on Sunday. A number of other activities will be provided to the athletes through the weekend such as bowling and attending an Iowa Cubs game. Here is a look at the players and coaches that will be participating.

2017 IHSBCA All-Star Series Teams

August 3-6, 2017 @ Des Moines (Games played at Waukee, Johnston and Ankeny)

Small Schools West Squad:

Pitchers: Tyler Heineman – Sgt. Bluff-Luton, Spencer Hanson – Woodward-Granger, Kendrick Umphreys – Treynor, Brett Barnett – Martensdale St. Mary’s.
Catchers: Jordan Wendel – Alta-Aurelia, Quentin Sefrit – Bedford.
Infield: Devin Porter – Saydel, Dillon Sears – Harlan, Keaton King – West Harrison, Jacob Wesselmann – Remsen St. Mary’s, Brett Daley – Treynor.
Outfield: Kade Overton – ADM, Ryley McGregor – Sgt. Bluff-Luton, Isaac McAlister – Coon Rapids Bayard, Steve Lawrence – Gilbert. Utility: Austin Allard – Akron-Westfield.
Coaches: JR Gebhart (HC) – Saydel, Frank Sefrit – Bedford, Dan Wendel – Alta-Aurelia.

Small Schools East Squad:

Pitchers: Trenton Wallace – Dav. Assumption, Nathan Struve – Vinton-Shellsburg, Cameron Baumann – Fairfield, Colton Shipman – Forest City.
Catchers: Clay Emhoff – West Fork, Ryan Gorman – New Hampton.
Infield: Evan Reifert – Wilton, Cameron Hoeg – North Tama, Ben Fitzgerald – Newman Catholic, Austin Savary – Dub. Wahlert, Ross Randall – West Marshall.
Outfield: Bryce Simon – Cascade, Peyton Scott – Newman Catholic, Cael Lambe – Union, David Disney – West Marshall. Utility: Tate Hovden – North Fayette Valley.
Coaches: Dan Hovden (HC) – N. Fayette Valley, Kory Tuescher – Dub. Wahlert, Dan Kopriva – North Tama.

Large Schools West Squad:

Pitchers: Jack Dreyer – Johnston, Ben Probst – WDM Dowling, William Rodruck – WDM Valley, Cameron Cowan – Ankeny Centennial.
Catchers: Cade Maharry – DM Roosevelt, Brodrick Woods – Waukee.
Infield: Jake Gilbert – Ankeny Centennial, Blake Elam – CB Lincoln, Sam Olson – WDM Dowling, Beau Bosley – Sioux City East, Joel Stroman – Sioux City West.
Outfield: Dylan Voves – Mason City, Keaton Candor – LeMars, Calvin Smith – Waukee, Kameron Russell – DM North.
Utility: Brendon Figueroa – Lewis Central.
Coaches: Chris Miller (HC) –DM Roosevelt , Mark Roering – WDM Dowling, Brett Elam – Council Bluffs Lincoln.

Large Schools East Squad:

Pitchers: Austin Marchesani – Cedar Falls, Austin Shotts – Ottumwa, Dylan Gotto – Western Dubuque, Tyler Hillman – Pella.
Catchers: Brett McCleary – Iowa City High, Nick Hagen – Burlington.
Infield: Izaya Ono-Fullard – Iowa City West, Matt Berst – CR Kennedy, TJ Deardorff – Dubuque Senior, Sam Stonskas – North Scott, Rylan Lechner – Linn-Mar.
Outfield: Gregory Bennett – Western Dubuque, Joshua Stivers – Pleasant Valley, Adam Sacia – North Scott, Kirby Kerr – Linn-Mar. Utility: Kyle Cunningham – Clinton.
Coaches: Dan Hovden (HC) – North Fayette Valley, Kory Tuescher – Dubuque Wahlert, Dan Kopriva – North Tama.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 8/2/2017

Podcasts, Sports

August 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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Midwest Sports News: 8/2/17

Sports

August 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Nelson finally beat St. Louis with six strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Nelson entered 0-8 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 appearances against the Cardinals. This time, the right-hander overcame his division rival by allowing just two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy allowed three hits over a career-high eight innings, newcomer Tim Beckham had two hits and scored twice and the resurgent Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Seth Smith drove in three runs to help the Orioles move within two games of .500 for the first time since July 3.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Rams are long gone from St. Louis, but they still may owe more than $350,000 in taxes to the state of Missouri. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling from an administrative hearing that determined the NFL team didn’t have to pay state sales tax on a special city entertainment fee added to tickets from 2007 to 2013.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber agreed a two-year contract extension Tuesday that could keep him with the Wildcats through the 2020-21 season. It was the first major personnel decision made by new athletic director Gene Taylor.

Drake athletic director Hatfield-Clubb out after 11 years

Sports

August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb is leaving the Bulldogs after 11 years. The school announced Tuesday that Hatfield-Clubb’s last day will be Friday. It says Hatfield-Clubb has accepted a senior partner position with the Pictor Group, an intercollegiate athletics consulting firm. Associate director Megan Franklin will serve as Drake’s interim athletic director while the school searches for a new director.

Hatfield-Clubb is perhaps best known for expanding the Drake Relays track meet and hiring current women’s basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk, who led the Bulldogs back to the Top 25 a year ago. Hatfield-Clubb’s last two men’s basketball coaching hires, Mark Phelps and Ray Giacoletti, failed to turn the program into Missouri Valley Conference contenders.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 8/1/2017

Podcasts, Sports

August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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Midwest Sports Brief (8/1/17)

Sports

August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession against Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. has been dropped. Teammate Antonio Reed is scheduled to go to trial next month on misdemeanor drug charges stemming from the same traffic stop in Florida last spring.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach John Cook is among four new members of the American Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame. The AVCA announced the inductees Monday. Cook led the Cornhuskers to national championships in 2000, 2006 and 2015 and took four other teams to the NCAA semifinals.

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson singled in Leury Garcia with two outs in the ninth inning for his second game-ending hit in as many days, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Monday night after losing top prospect Yoan Moncada to a right knee injury. Adam Engel sparked the winning rally with a one-out single against Roberto Osuna.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he confronted a Chicago Cubs fan during Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers because the man said “some really lousy, awful stuff” with a lot of children around. The Republican governor was caught on video nearly getting in the man’s face at Miller Park.

Atlantic Football offering non-padded football camp this week

Sports

July 31st, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojan Football program is offering a non-padded football camp this week at the Atlantic High School practice fields from Wednesday, August 2nd through Friday, August 4th.  The camp will be led by Atlantic High School coaches and players and is for athletes 5th through 8th grades.

5th and 6th Graders camp time is from 9:30am-10:30am each day and 7th and 8th Graders will go from 10:30am-11:30am each day. Cost for the camp is just $1.

The camp will work on offensive and defensive fundamentals along with kicking game fundamentals.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/31/2017

Podcasts, Sports

July 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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